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Rafael Benítez’s success in re-connecting Newcastle United with its previously disenchanted, disenfranchised supporters was emphasised by an attendance of more than 49,000.
Astonishingly high for a League Cup tie between two Championship sides, it offered further evidence that something very special is happening in this corner of north east England. Certainly as the goals from Aleksandar Mitrovic (twice), Mohamed Diamé (twice) and Matt Ritchie flew in and the almost religious fervour mounted, it was possible to believe that Benítez really could walk on the River Tyne.Continue reading...
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Bradley Wiggins put the controversy over Therapeutic Use Exemptions to one side as he competed in the London Six Day ride in the Olympic Velodrome
For all the intrigue over whether Sir Bradley Wiggins would suffer the indignity of having to grit his teeth and block out the boos, the truth is that it was never likely that his supporters were ever going to transform the start of his journey towards retirement into anything other than a celebration of his golden achievements. Wiggins might be avoiding the media during the London Six Day ride this week, wary of getting drawn into another discussion about those Therapeutic Use Exemptions, but it soon became apparent that he was on safe ground on the track.
On an evening of razzamatazz and colour in east London, the cheerful mood outside the Olympic Velodrome in the hour before the gates opened hardly suggested that Wiggins would later have stomach criticism from supporters who once worshipped him, that his grand farewell would turn sour. It simply wasn’t that kind of crowd. People turned up from work excited to settle down for an evening of cycling. Parents brought young children along, some of them cycling fanatics, others getting to grips with the sport for the first time.Continue reading...
• 100th edition will celebrate Italian greats like Fausto Coppi and Marco Pantani
The 100th Giro d’Italia will honour many of its past heroes and be a cultural and historic celebration of Italy, organisers said at the route announcement on Tuesday.
The 3,572-kilometre race over 21 days starts in Sardinia, for the third time, on 5 May next year with two further stages on the island.Continue reading...
Eddie Jones could do worse than follow the example of Marshal Ferdinand Foch. It was the French first world war general who coined the classic battleground maxim – “My centre is giving way, my right is in retreat; situation excellent. I shall attack” – that could equally apply to English rugby’s predicament. As his injury list lengthens, Jones needs to introduce a surge of optimism from somewhere.
It is clearly unfortunate to have lost Maro Itoje, George Kruis, James Haskell, Jack Nowell and Anthony Watson, all of whom could have been confidently inked into the team against South Africa next month. Dylan Hartley, the captain, has completed less than 160 minutes of competitive rugby since June while Manu Tuilagi, Sam Jones, Jack Clifford, Mike Williams, Will Fraser, Luke Cowan-Dickie and Sam Underhill are also non-runners. The squad of 32 or 33 names to be announced on Wednesday will have a patched-up look around the edges.Continue reading...
Carlos Alberto, who has died at the age of 72, will be remembered as the captain of Brazil’s brilliant 1970 World Cup-winning side and the scorer of the tournament’s defining goal.
The manner in which Brazil swept to victory in Mexico enchanted fans around the world. It was the first tournament broadcast globally in colour and the Brazilians, their excellence amplified in their bright yellow shirts, were spellbinding.Continue reading...
- Two-times Olympic champ to make pro debut on 19 November
- Shields is only American boxer to win consecutive Olympic golds
- Roc Nation signee will make debut on Kovalev-Ward undercard
Claressa Shields, who at the Rio Games became the first American boxer to win consecutive Olympic gold medals, announced on Tuesday she is turning professional.
The 21-year-old from Flint, Michigan – a winner in 77 of her 78 amateur fights – will make her pro debut on the undercard of the Sergey Kovalev-Andre Ward show at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas on 19 November.Continue reading...
- Police documents showed kicker repeatedly abused wife
- Brown had originally been given a one-game suspension
The New York Giants have released placekicker Josh Brown after police documents revealed Brown had admitted to repeatedly abusing his former wife while they were married.
The Giants president, John Mara, says the team was “misguided” in how it handled its relationship with Brown. He says the team hopes Brown will dedicate himself to rehabilitation and becoming a better person and father.Continue reading...
• Independent commission is likely to be set up to resolve issue
The Watford chief executive, Scott Duxbury, says the club are treating as “extremely serious” the accusation that they gave falsified financial information to the football authorities, as the controversy looked set to be resolved by an independent commission and, in the event of any wrongdoing being proved, a likely fine.
The affair relates to the ownership handover at the club from Giampaolo Pozzo to his son, Gino, in 2014. Watford – who are ninth in the Premier League – were in the Championship at the time and Pozzo Jr had to show the English Football League that he had sufficient capital in the bank to comply with his responsibilities.Continue reading...
The minute-by-minute report of one the great finals featuring Carlos Alberto’s iconic goal, from the pages of And Gazza Misses The Final, a collection of World Cup MBMs by Rob Smyth and Scott Murray
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- The Gunners take on Jaap Stam’s team in the EFL Cup round of 16
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Arsenal: Martinez, Jenkinson, Holding, Gabriel, Gibbs, Elneny, Maitland-Niles, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Reine-Adelaide, Iwobi, Lucas Perez. Subs: Giroud, Bielik, Zelalem, Macey, Sheaf, Willock, Bola.
Reading: Al Habsi, Watson, Liam Moore, Blackett, Obita, McCleary, van den Berg, Evans, Kelly, Samuel, Harriott. Subs: Swift, Wieser, Kermorgant, Meite, Quinn, Gravenberch, Stuart Moore.
Arsenal haven’t won the League Cup since 1993, which, for a club of its stature, is pretty surprising. Reading haven’t won the League Cup at all, which, for a club of its stature, is not all that surprising. But a win today and they’re in the quarter-finals, and suddenly a place at Wembley doesn’t look all that far away. Arsenal are expected to name only a moderately strong side, which gives Reading, currently eighth in the Championship, some hope. Kick off is in about 35 minutes.Continue reading...
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Hello and welcome to an interesting and potential entertaining fourth-round League Cup bout. This is the only trophy that Liverpool and Tottenham have won for nearly a decade and they’d quite like to win it again even if their team selections confirm that their priorities lie elsewhere, especially Liverpool even though they, unlike Spurs, do not have European escapades on top of domestic action this season. Still, both clubs’ B teams have plenty of good players who’ll be eager to press their claims for more regular inclusion in the first-teams (or a transfer in January). So this tournament has an important role to play in keeping squad harmony intact at both clubs, as well as in bringing them closer to honours. With Leicester, Everton, Stoke and Accrington Stanley already eliminated, and either Manchester City or Manchester United to be frogmarched out tomorrow, the path to the final is starting to clear. For Liverpool a win here would open up the possibility of the club increasing their record number of League Cup hauls, while for Spurs victory would fuel dreams of a return to the glory, glory days of Juande Ramos.
Look! Nkoudou makes his first start for Tottenham since his move from Marseille and wouldn’t it be handy if emerged as a source of goals, since Spurs clearly need more of them? Speaking of which, Janssen has been given yet another banjo as he continues his search for a barn door. And look, the lesser-spotted Wimmer is making an appearance! As for Liverpool, it’ll be interesting to see what sort of form Sturridge can muster, and whether Moreno has developed any kind of spatial awareness while meditating on being replaced at left-back by James Milner. It would have been nice to see a start by Ings. Grujic is a talent that needs to be seen more often so watching him could be a nice experience, and the same could be said of Ovie Ejaria, an 18-year-old midfielder who was lured to Liverpool two years ago from Arsenal, whom he joined before even reaching his teens. And then there’s Trent Alexander-Arnold, another 18-year-old and about whom Steven Gerrard once said: “He has a terrific chance of making it as a top professional. He’s quite leggy but he’s got a lovely frame and seems to have all the attributes you need. He has the right attitude and comes from West Derby, home to Melwood. So Trent is another Scouser and apparently, just as I tried to be John Barnes and Steve McMahon, he grew up pretending to be me while playing in the Merseyside parks. He can play as a No6, a holding midfielder, but he’s versatile and I’ve seen him fill various positions.” Tonight it looks like he’ll be at right-back. Look!
Liverpool: Mignolet, Alexander-Arnold, Lucas, Klavan, Moreno; Stewart, Wijnaldum, Grujic, Ejaria; Origi, Sturridge